In the earliest texts the Buddha described a path to awakening that goes through several stages called "jhanas". These are not the absorption jhanas that have been talked about in the West so often. Rather they are stages of deepening awareness. On this path, the meditation techniques change as we progress. They led to a powerful well being that is more accessible than most people imagine. This talk traces this path from joy to peace to spaciousness to cessation to freedom. Topics: Dhamma Talk, Buddhist Meditation
Beginning Instructions for Kindness and Wisdom MeditationKindness is an attitude of friendliness to living beings. Wisdom is seeing clearly and impersonally. Kindness without wisdom is not kind. Wisdom without kindness is not wise. These are not separate qualities but different ways of approaching a unified whole that could be called metta-panna or kindness-wisdom. Kindness and wisdom meditation uses two different practices that are deeply intertwined. This talk gives the details of how they... Topics: Dhamma Talk, Buddhist Meditation
If suffering is the illness, the Buddha's diagnosis is sobering: the disease is incurable. Anguish is an inherent part of the relative world in which we live. So he proposed a radical solution. If we can't get rid of the disease, let's get rid of the patient. If there is no one to suffer, there is no suffering. Brilliant! But hardly the answer we were looking for. We shy away from the topic. Meanwhile, many of the difficulties we face as a species are rooted in a hyper-developed sense of self.... Topics: Dhamma Talk, Buddhist Meditation
With compassion, the place where the rubber meets the road is when someone who is suffering has done something wrong to bring it on themselves. The place where self-compassion is most difficult is when we are hurting because of something we’ve done wrong. To go deeply into compassion we must go deeply into forgiveness. And forgiveness without confession is tepid. So on the last evening before returning to our lives in the world, this talk explores compassion, confession, and forgiveness. Topics: Dhamma Talk, Buddhist Meditation
Buddhism is not a religion, philosophy, or even spirituality as much as it’s a way of engaging life. It’s a way of looking with a quiet, unflinching smile at whatever comes along. It’s turning toward the waves that crash toward us. The Buddha described this as four ennobling truths: (1) Life is sometimes unsatisfactory; (2) The source of our experience of discomfort is craving (tanha), (3) When we abandon the craving, suffering ceases; (4) There is a path we can follow to cultivate... Topics: Dhamma Talk, Buddhist Meditation
The 6Rs are a tool for meditation. In meditation, there is nothing actively to be done but deepen awareness. But in life in the world, sometimes we must engage actively. The 7Rs add an extra step that allows the 6Rs to be bought into an active life. On the last day of the retreat we discuss the 7Rs and 6 precepts in everyday life. Topics: Dhamma Talk, Buddhist Meditation
Impersonal natural laws set the parameters within which we live. When we see these laws clearly, we see the impersonal nature of all phenomena. But many of these laws are so subtle and complex that it’s difficult to understand them. When we don’t understand, we take things personally and suffer. To help us understand how life works, the Buddha drew a map called “the laws of dependent origination.” This talk explores how this map works in the nitty-gritty of life and in meditation. Topics: Dhamma Talk, Buddhist Meditation
HindrancesAn aikido student on a Tokyo train encounters a belligerent drunk and an elderly gentleman. The story illustrates a few of the ways we relate to the distractions and distortions that arise naturally in the mind-heart. What we do with these “hindrances” has a profound effect on our meditation practice and life. If we view them as a problem to be defeated or fixed, life becomes difficult. If we view them with kindness, they cease to be a problem. This talk explores three ways of... Topics: Dhamma Talk, Buddhist Meditation
朱倍賢博士 原始佛教禪修講座 安那般那念住 十六勝行 呼吸觀的次第修行 Dhamma Talks (in Mandarin) by Dr. William Chu Dr. Chu can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org First talk topic: Anapanasati (Mindfulness of In and Out Breathing) contents of talk: intro: Qualitative aspects of how Anapanasati should be practiced. It is not a chore or homework, but a pleasant and joyful experience. About 20 minutes of guided meditation, running till about 60% of talk. content of... Topics: anapanasati, anapana, mindfulness of breathing, dhamma talk, william chu
Being available and present to the way things are, rather than struggling to become, is the path of peace. www.tisarana.ca Topics: Theravada Buddhism, Thai Forest Tradition, Forest Sangha, Dhamma, Dharma, Dhamma Talk, Dharma Talk,...
A description of the various ways that a sense of self arises with wrong effort. Effort that free of the desre to become or get rid of. www.tisarana.ca Topics: Theravada Buddhism, Thai Forest Tradition, Forest Sangha, Dhamma, Dharma, Dhamma Talk, Dharma Talk,...